The proposed changes to the traffic pattern of Public Square in Watertown will not be happening after all.
According to the Watertown Daily Times, state officials say the "Downtown Revitalization Initiative" worth $10 million will be used on other projects. The city won the state grant this past fall.
Previously, a plan was drawn up to change the south side of the square into one lane for vehicles, complete with parallel parking, while the north side was to become a four-lane thoroughfare.
The proposal was seen as controversial, drawing criticism from some downtown business owners and residents.
But despite backlash, the Times reports officials decided against changing Public Square because "it did not meet criteria" for the grant.
Other potentially available grants could still be pursued by the city to eventually alter the traffic pattern of the square.